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What is The South East Midlands Start-up Programme?

The South East Midlands Start-up Programme provides you with access to 12 hours of free business support to help you start and grow your small business. This can be in the form of workshops and networking, one-to-one business advice in person and online, incubation workspace usage, access to grants, a business review and online webinars.

The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. This package of support available to you is being delivered by Wenta, The University of Northampton and The University of Bedfordshire.


What kind of support does this include?

- Workshops and networking: Attend our interactive workshops, focused on some of the key elements needed to help support and grow any new business. Choose from sessions on: being your own boss; social media for business; marketing; websites; SEO; and financing and bookkeeping. 

- One-to-one business advice: 
Be guided every step of the way with expert advice from a business advisor in face-to-face meetings or even online! They can help you with anything from writing your business plan to raising finances.

- Incubation workspace: Use one of our exciting, interactive shared workspaces for business start-ups. Positioned in convenient locations, providing access to modern, flexible hot-desking facilities, an on-site business advisor and the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs. 

- Grants: Those receiving support may be eligible for a £500 or £1000 start-up grant. 

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The latest additional support from SEMSUP is this fantastic new service offering. If you're an existing business or have already started trading then we're offering you the chance to have a FREE Business review and attend a one-to-one advice session to discuss your next steps or any of the issues you are facing. We're here to help you navigate through your business journey...

If you would like more information on anything mentioned in this email then get in touch and email us at: [email protected]

What region does this programme cover?

The South East Midlands Start-up Programme is for residents of Bedfordshire, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury Vale and Cherwell, Northampton, Corby, Daventry and Wellingborough. All regions within the SEMLEP area.

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Unsure if you are in an area that this programme covers?

Take a look at the map to see if it includes your district. If you're still unsure, live chat to us or drop us an email and we'll be happy to help.

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If you would like any further information on this programme please contact our Wenta SEMSUP Team on 01438 310020 or email [email protected].

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